An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bad Sports

(Proverbs 26:19 KJV)  So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

It is interesting that the NASB has “joking” (7832) and the KJV has “in sport”.  Because we take our sports so seriously today we miss a bit of this in the KJV.  As I was looking at definitions I saw a dramatic difference from my computer’s dictionary and the 1828 Webster dictionary.  Today we look at sports as competition in physical activity or a leisure pursuit.  As late as 1828 it contained the idea of mockery or merriment.

That is a significant cultural difference.  It reflects a growing affluence.  Most of the modern American sports were developed after 1828. 

The point being made for us is that mocking and deceit are not to be a part of our lives.  I know that I do a lot of joking with people.  This is reminding me that I need to examine the root of my humor.  Actually it is not just reminding.  It is accusing me of not being loving in my mirth.

So?  I need to examine my motives.  It might be a point of repentance in your life too.  Only you can say, or stop saying. 

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